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Hunter races home

Winner of the first two stages of the Tour of Murcia cycle race in Spain, South Africa’s Robbie Hunter was involved in yet another race on Friday.

That was to be with his wife who went into labour with the couple’s second child. He missed the birth of his first child Mandy, born a few days before the 2008 Tour de France.

In the absence of the in-form Garmin-Transitions rider, Australian Luke Roberts won the third stage of 166.5 kilometres between Las Torres de Cotillas and Alhama de Murcia.

The Milran rider held off Sergey Lagutin and Josep Jufre to win in 4hr 16min 57sec, with the last-mentioned taking over the overall lead.

It was Roberts’ first stage win since the 2008 Giro del Capo. Coincidentally the 2010 version of the race will be staged in the Western Cape this week.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished in 26th position on the stage with Radioshack teammate, South African Daryl Impey in 66th.

Armstrong is 19th in the General Classification, five seconds off the pace and Impey 47th (11:37 back)